The Murray Parker Memorial Award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the growth of the tilt-up industry where no standard had previously existed. Recipients include those whose innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership serve to introduce tilt-up to new markets, regions or applications, and whose efforts thereby raise the bar for the entire industry.
The award honors Murray Parker who was regarded for his development and promotion of tilt-up in the Atlantic Provinces region of Canada. As General Manager/Vice President of B.D. Stevens, Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Parker is credited with introducing tilt-up to an area of the world where many thought it impossible to use the medium. His contributions and commitment to excellence helped the method gain creditability in the area and paved the way for future tilt-up projects.
Is there a person or company that you know embodies the spirit of this award? Click on the nomination link below and submit them for consideration. Entries must be received by June 1st.
NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 1, 2018 / SUBMIT A NOMINATION
John grew up working in a family construction company in Waterloo, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University and returning from Vietnam, John and his wife moved from Iowa to California where he was first introduced to tilt-up construction for schools, warehouses and processing facilities. In 1973 John and his family moved to Spokane, WA. He started DIVCON, Inc. in 1976 in the family’s garage, building a forest fire lookout tower to be assembled on a mountain in Montana. Next came outhouses and park projects utilizing precast buildings. As DIVCON began to do more design build work for private owners, John returned to tilt-up construction.
In 1996 John and several other investors purchased land to create Pinecroft Business Park in Spokane Valley, WA. Because Pinecroft wanted a distinctive, cohesive, professional look within the park, the group chose tilt-up with inlaid brick to differentiate their buildings from the rest of the Spokane marketplace. John has been an early adapter of new technologies in tilt-up. He encourages innovative methods and finishes such as board form, sand blast, integral color, polished concrete, and form liner textures. DIVCON’s projects have been an R&D ground in the Inland Northwest to showcase what can be done with tilt-up construction. DIVCON has introduced sandwich panels with exposed interior concrete walls as a standard on recent office buildings. The sandwich panels are instrumental for these buildings to meet and exceed the most recent Washington state energy code.
Pushing the limits of what can be done using tilt-up has been a passion of John’s for years. Because of John’s leadership, DIVCON has become the recognized leader in tilt-up construction in the Inland Northwest. When people ask John when he is going to retire, he replies, “Never! I’m having too much fun!”